Today I have officially left my twenties behind me. I don’t really feel any different than I did yesterday, except maybe a bit sore from working out for the first time in far too long. I have to say that birthdays as an adult are very different from when you are a kid. I picked out my own birthday cake and spent the day decorating Christmas cookies with the kids, watching Top Gear with my husband, playing Just Dance 4 with the family and liking a lot of wall posts on Facebook from friends and family wishing me a happy birthday.
I always feel awkward when people say “Happy birthday” to me, like I don’t quite know how to respond – my usual reply is something like, “Thank you, Merry Christmas!” and I was thinking today that most people probably just say “Thank you,” but I never really have. It’s never been just my day – which I’m sure a lot of Close to a Holiday Birthday people can relate to. Jesus has been stealing my thunder for thirty years now, but now that I’m an adult I’m almost getting used to it.
Being a major birthday I feel like I should be making a bigger deal about my Big Day than I usually do. I won’t be getting a party and I got a lot of my birthday gifts early (a gift card to my favorite coffee shop, a new tv stand, and a wooden stand for our tablet handmade by my husband and MM). Wonderful, thoughtful gifts that I am so grateful for. We’re having frozen lasagna for dinner and I didn’t even have to preheat the oven (thanks hubby!) and a salted caramel cheesecake for dessert. It’s a perfect birthday in my mind, if a bit nontraditional.
So before I go eat my birthday dinner, here are a few things that I have learned in my thirty years on this earth:
- British accents make almost anything more interesting.
- Black is a universally slimming color – have plenty of it in your wardrobe.
- The right guy is worth waiting for – the wrong guy is not worth a nanosecond of your time or energy.
- Don’t click pop up ads. Ever.
- Take lots of pictures, but not so many that you forget to enjoy the moment.
- Drink lots of water.
- Children make messes. It’s easier to just be at peace with this and pretend you love cleaning. (I’m still working on that one)
- Birthday cake has no calories – it’s a total freebie.
- There is no chance I’m going to sit here and type thirty random things I’ve learned – I don’t have that much patience or free time. You’ll have to settle for ten.
I hope you all have a fantastic holiday and all that jazz! Now let me eat cheesecake!